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Mount Mercy Track Team Set to Continue Great Strides Forward

     Expectations are high for the Mount Mercy Academy Track team this season.  Last year the team placed fifth at the All-Catholic Meet and won three meets, its best showing in many years.  This year, with many of last year’s top competitors returning, along with some talented newcomers, hopes are high for an even more successful 2019 campaign.

    “I think that we will see better performances early in the season, compared to last season,” Coach Nicole Mainente stated.      “We expect the team members to improve their times and distances throughout the season.”

    The team, coached by Mainente, Bob Walsh and Brittany Sanscrainte, is comprised of fifteen athletes, including eight returning team members.  Senior Grace Willert (West Seneca), a two-time state qualifier in the shot put and discus, returns for her final season. Last year she placed second in the shot put and third in the discus at the All-Catholic meet.  Sophomore Angelina Larivey (Lackawanna), last season’s MVP, returns as a sprinter and jumper for the team. Last year she placed fifth in the 200 and 400 meter runs at the All-Catholic meet and was part of the third place 4 X 400 relay that placed third at the championships.  Also returning to the team are juniors Grace Harrington and Bella Morcelle of West Seneca and sophomores Megan Jozwiak (Springville), Gianna Lauciello (Orchard Park), Megan Reilly (Buffalo) and Rheanna Welsh (Lackawanna).

    Mainente has great expectations from junior newcomer Erin Jackson (Buffalo) in the middle distances and freshmen Aubrey Monaco (Buffalo) in the throws and Cassidy Reid (Gowanda) in the sprints.

    I believe we have a lot of strong athletes this year, the strongest we have been in the past few years, Mainente commented “The returning athletes are very dedicated and are starting the year off on the right foot.  The new team members are excited to compete. The team has a lot of potential, as long as they come to practice every day and put the effort in they will see improvement.”


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